This is a wonderful antique cane with beautiful, unique details.
The cane's unusual handle is made from a genuine wild boar's tusk.
It has a very interesting shape and color and features a hand-engraved inscription on one side which reads "W. W. Shields".
As you can see, the interior of the tusk is exposed at one end.
It was typical to include a cap in sterling or gold on tusk-handles like this one.
There is some very slight discoloration on the tip of the tusk that implies that there likely was some kind of cap at one time.
Directly below the tusk, the shaft is decorated with a beautiful hand-hammered band.
The band is plated with 12 karat yellow gold and features a dazzling, ornate pattern of scrolling florals.
While the length of the shaft is predominately smooth and narrow, a portion directly below the gold-plated band is slightly wider and exhibits original knots and texture.
Below the textural area the shaft remains wonderfully smooth and features a richly oxidized finish.
A combination brass-and-cast iron ferrule is attached to the bottom, though it is ever-so-slightly loose.
You will find that the shaft and boar's tusk exhibit some expected wear, while there appears to be a heavily-lacquered spot on the shaft where it may have been repaired at one time.
The ferrule is also quite oxidized.
Overall, the cane remains in good antique condition.
Measurements: Total length is 35 1/2", Handle is 4 1/4" long and approx. 1 3/8" at widest point, Metal band is 7/8" wide, Ferrule is 1 3/8" long, Shaft is 3/4" wide at top tapering to 1/2" wide at base Weight: 5 oz.
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